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Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) will enter its 25th year as a not-for-profit service organization with its annual gala, the TRU Love Benefit. This year’s theme is Embracing the Unlimited: A Celebration of Inclusion in the Arts. After 10 years of Sunday brunch benefits, TRU is moving into the evening on November 6, 2016 beginning at 6pm with pre-show cocktails at the Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center lobby, awards and performance in the Auditorium, plus a cocktail and hors d'oeuvres reception afterwards at the upcoming Lincoln Center exhibition of costumes from Olivier and Tony Award winning musicals, Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York. Reception will feature a Silent Auction and a Live Auction whose prizes will include an $8000 cruise to anywhere in the world.

 

Tickets will go on sale on September 9, 2016. VIP Honoree tickets will be $200 and will include reserved seating at both performance and reception; VIP tickets will be $150 and will include reserved seating at performance and unreserved seating at reception and exhibition. There will also be a $90 show-only general admission ticket, all to go on sale on Friday 9/9, so save the date now. Check for performer updates and more information at http://truonline.org/events/2016-tru-love/.

 

TRU will be proudly recognizing three people who are each helping to change the landscape of theater in highly individual ways. The 2016 TRU Spirit of Theater Award will be awarded to theater and film producer Ron Simons (Hughie with Forrest Whitaker, The Gin Game with Cicely Tyson and James Earl Jones, revivals of A Streetcar Named Desire and Porgy & Bess, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Turn Me Loose with Joe Morton) for expanding opportunities for African-American artists in commercial theater, and encouraging narratives that dig deeply into the under-represented communities' struggle for dignity and acceptance; the TRU Humanitarian Award will be presented to Shakina Nayfack, transgender activist, actor (TV's "Difficult People") and producer, for her work nurturing and developing new voices through the Musical Theater Factory as well as giving the transgender community a strong, eloquent political voice; and the TRU Entrepreneur Award will go to Jennifer Ashley Tepper, theater historian, producer, Director of Programming at Feinstein's/54 Below, author of The Untold Stories of Broadway historical series (Volume 3 released the week of our benefit) for being a leading force in bringing the discussion of Broadway histories and traditions to contemporary musical theater and successfully tapping into the cultural zeitgeist.

 

The celebration will take place on Sunday November 6, 2016 Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts and the second floor exhibition space, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023. It will begin at 6pm

Tickets will go on sale on September 9, 2016 at http://truonline.org/events/2016-tru-love/.

 

“If theater is to survive, it needs to recognize and reflect the variety of lives and experiences all around us. This year we take special pride in acknowledging the achievements of people who are working to expand our cultural experience,” says TRU executive director Bob Ost. “We’re celebrating diversity, and everyone’s invited to the party!”

 

The proceeds from this event directly benefit the programs of Theater Resources Unlimited, a not-for-profit service organization that educates people in the business of the arts, with a focus on producers, emerging theater companies and self-producing artists. Programs include monthly panels, workshops, a Producer Development and Mentorship Program, a new plays and new musicals reading series and a community e-blast of jobs, services, resources and theater events.

 

For inquiries about the event, email TRUStaff1@gmail.com or call 212-714-7628. For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call 212-714-7628.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-four year old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of the arts. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies.

 

TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and Annual New Musicals Reading Series, two new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new shows as well as new producers for theater; offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop, How to Write a Musical That Works and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include the Annual Combined Audition, Resource Nights and “Speed Dating” as well as actor workshops.

 

Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, 9th district Council Member Inez Dickens; and with support from the Montage Foundation and the Friars National Association Foundation.

 

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call (212) 714-7628.

 

Big Apple Circus
Returns to Lincoln Center with the World Premiere of
The Grand Tour
October 21, 2015 – January 10, 2016

New York, NY (August 31, 2015) – Big Apple Circus returns to the Big Top at Lincoln Center for the company’s 38th season with the World Premiere of its all-new show, The Grand Tour! Tickets start at $25, and the show runs from October 21, 2015 to January 10, 2016. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.bigapplecircus.org.

The Grand Tour transports audiences to the Roaring 1920s, the advent of the modern travel era, when the most adventuresome began to tour the world in ships, planes, trains, and automobiles. With every seat less than 50 feet from the stage, audiences will be awed by the world-class entertainers as they perform breathtaking acts from the four corners of the globe. Clowns, jugglers, acrobats, and aerialists from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America appear with ponies, puppies and more; the troupe sets off on their own whirlwind adventure, accompanied by the live, seven-piece Big Apple Circus Band at each of more than 100 performances.

“Awe-Inspiring!” – The New York Times

“There’s no shortage of thrills…Fun for all!” – New York Post

“The Finest Up-Close Circus in America.” – Variety

“America’s Best Circus for Children” – Parents Magazine

Four-time Big Apple Circus ringmaster John Kennedy Kane returns to introduce a variety of stunning performers: clowns Joel Jeske and Brent McBeth; third-generation circus animal trainer Jenny Vidbel with her pony and dog acts; aerialist Sergey Akimov; international juggling sensation Alexander Koblikov; ninth-generation circus performer Chiara Anastasini with hula hoops; the Dominguez Brothers defying the law of gravity with their thrill-filled act featuring the Wheel of Wonder; Chinese hand balancers The Energy Trio; the African acrobatic troupe Zuma Zuma; and the Dosov Troupe soaring on the teeterboard.

The Grand Tour, conceived and created by Joel Jeske, is directed by Mark Lonergan (artistic director of Parallel Exit, the three-time Drama Desk Award-nominated physical theater company) with associate director and choreographer Antoinette DiPietropolo. Musical direction by Rob Slowik with clown material created and directed by Joel Jeske. Set and lighting design by Maruti Evans, costume design by Oana Botez, and props design by Katie Fleming.

As a nonprofit performing arts institution, the Big Apple Circus is committed not only to thrilling audiences in the ring, but also to bringing the joy and wonder of circus into the community. Big Apple Circus creates direct, shared connections inside its one-ring Big Top AND in hospitals, nursing homes, and schools, in its New York City home and in cities across America.

“These performers, many from circus dynasties, preserve an important tradition, reinforced by the nonprofit Big Apple Circus’s commendable community-service activities, notably the
Clown Care program, which entertains hospitalized children. This company … doesn’t only have awe-inspiring acrobatic skills; it has a lot of heart, too.”
– The New York Times, 2014 Critics’ Pick

Big Apple Circus Clown Care® brings the joy of classical circus to hospitalized children at 15 leading pediatric facilities across the United States. Performers collaborate with doctors and staff to design a program to fit the needs of each hospital. Members of the Clown Care team bring the healing power of humor to children with acute and chronic illnesses, visiting nearly 225,000 young patients every year.

Big Apple Circus offers a specially adapted performance of the show, Circus of the Senses, for children and adults with vision or hearing impairments and/or other disabilities. American Sign Language interpreters are positioned in spotlights throughout the tent, and wireless audio headsets transmit a live audio play-by-play description of the action in the ring. Braille or large-print descriptive programs are available for audience members. A “touch session” after the show offers a unique opportunity for pre-selected groups of visually impaired children to go into the ring to meet the artists and literally feel a clown nose, a juggler's clubs, or the silky coat of a performing dog. Big Apple Circus Embraces Autism provides performances with modified lighting and sound as well as a staffed calming center, to meet the needs of children on the autism spectrum. Inclusion is a core value at Big Apple Circus, which is dedicated to delivering the finest circus entertainment to everyone, regardless of physical or cognitive ability, or economic circumstance.

Circus for All!® distributes free and subsidized tickets to schools and nonprofit organizations serving low-income children and families, enabling many of them to experience the excitement and wonder of the circus for the very first time.

Circus After School® teaches kids life skills such as teamwork, responsible risk-taking, and perseverance, through a structured program of learning and performing circus arts.


About Big Apple Circus
(Will Maitland Weiss, Executive Director; Guillaume Dufresnoy, Artistic Director)
Conceived and founded by Paul Binder and Michael Christensen to be a leading presenter of live family entertainment and a nonprofit performing arts institution, our nation-wide performances and community programs have made our 38-year history far-reaching and full. It all began in 1974, when American entertainers Binder and Christensen became juggling partners and took to the street corners of Europe. Their comedic juggling act was a hit, and they soon found themselves on the stage of the prestigious Nouveau Cirque de Paris. They returned home to America in 1976 with a vision: to entertain and improve the lives of millions of American children and families. One year later, they found a site for the first tent-raising in Battery Park, New York, and went on to create the award-winning, nonprofit Big Apple Circus. For more information, visit www.bigapplecircus.org.

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Big Apple Circus
Rings in the New Year
With a Special New Year’s Eve Performance of
The Grand Tour
December 31, 2015 at 9:30pm

New York, NY – Big Apple Circus rings in the New Year with a Special New Year’s Eve Performance of The Grand Tour on December 31, 2015 at 9:30pm.

Count down to the New Year under the Big Top at Lincoln Center with Big Apple Circus at our special New Year's Eve show! Enjoy a full performance of the company’s 38th season World Premiere show, The Grand Tour. Goody bags will be handed out, along with champagne — sparkling cider for the little ones — just as the show ends and the countdown to the New Year begins. Afterwards, enjoy dancing in the ring with the Big Apple Circus Band playing live. It's the best party in town for kids of all ages! If your children are old enough to stay up until midnight, but not ready to be out on their own, this is the perfect family way to ring in the New Year. Tickets for the New Year’s Eve show start at $55 and can be purchased online at www.bigapplecircus.org.

The Grand Tour transports audiences to the Roaring 1920s, the advent of the modern travel era, when the most adventuresome began to tour the world in ships, planes, trains, and automobiles. With every seat less than 50 feet from the stage, audiences will be awed by the world-class entertainers as they perform breathtaking acts from the four corners of the globe. Clowns, jugglers, acrobats, and aerialists from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America appear with ponies, puppies, and more; the troupe sets off on a whirlwind adventure, accompanied by the live, seven-piece Big Apple Circus Band at each of more than 100 performances.

“The Grand Tour is a first-class jaunt.” – The New York Times

“A class act … Sophisticated and beautiful.” – The Village Voice

“Polished and fun.” – Daily News

“The Finest Up-Close Circus in America.” – Variety

“America’s Best Circus for Children.” – Parents Magazine

Four-time Big Apple Circus ringmaster John Kennedy Kane returns to introduce a variety of stunning performers: clowns Joel Jeske and Brent McBeth; third-generation circus animal trainer Jenny Vidbel with her pony and dog acts; aerialist Sergey Akimov; international juggling sensation Alexander Koblikov; ninth-generation circus performer Chiara Anastasini with hula hoops; the Dominguez Brothers defying the law of gravity with their thrill-filled act featuring the Wheel of Wonder; Chinese hand balancers The Energy Trio; the African acrobatic troupe Zuma Zuma; and the Dosov Troupe soaring on the teeterboard.

The Grand Tour, conceived and created by Joel Jeske, is directed by Mark Lonergan (artistic director of Parallel Exit, the three-time Drama Desk Award-nominated physical theater company) with associate director and choreographer Antoinette DiPietropolo. Musical direction by Rob Slowik with clown material created and directed by Joel Jeske. Set and lighting design by Maruti Evans, costume design by Oana Botez, and props design by Katie Fleming.

As a nonprofit performing arts institution, the Big Apple Circus is committed not only to thrilling audiences in the ring, but also to bringing the joy and wonder of circus into the community. Big Apple Circus creates direct, shared connections inside its one-ring Big Top AND in hospitals, nursing homes, and schools, in its New York City home and in cities across America.

“These performers, many from circus dynasties, preserve an important tradition, reinforced by the nonprofit Big Apple Circus’s commendable community-service activities, notably the
Clown Care program, which entertains hospitalized children. This company … doesn’t only have awe-inspiring acrobatic skills; it has a lot of heart, too.”
– The New York Times, 2014 Critics’ Pick

Big Apple Circus Clown Care® brings the joy of classical circus to hospitalized children at 15 leading pediatric facilities across the United States. Performers collaborate with doctors and staff to design a program to fit the needs of each hospital. Members of the Clown Care team bring the healing power of humor to children with acute and chronic illnesses, visiting nearly 225,000 young patients every year.

Big Apple Circus offers a specially adapted performance of the show, Circus of the Senses, for children and adults with vision or hearing impairments and/or other disabilities. American Sign Language interpreters are positioned in spotlights throughout the tent, and wireless audio headsets transmit a live audio play-by-play description of the action in the ring. Braille or large-print descriptive programs are available for audience members. A “touch session” after the show offers a unique opportunity for pre-selected groups of visually impaired children to go into the ring to meet the artists and literally feel a clown nose, a juggler's clubs, or the silky coat of a performing dog. Big Apple Circus Embraces Autism provides performances with modified lighting and sound as well as a staffed calming center, to meet the needs of children on the autism spectrum. Inclusion is a core value at Big Apple Circus, which is dedicated to delivering the finest circus entertainment to everyone, regardless of physical or cognitive ability, or economic circumstance.

Circus for All!® distributes free and subsidized tickets to schools and nonprofit organizations serving low-income children and families, enabling many of them to experience the excitement and wonder of the circus for the very first time.

Circus After School® teaches kids life skills such as teamwork, responsible risk-taking, and perseverance, through a structured program of learning and performing circus arts.


About Big Apple Circus
(Will Maitland Weiss, Executive Director; Guillaume Dufresnoy, Artistic Director)
Conceived and founded by Paul Binder and Michael Christensen to be a leading presenter of live family entertainment and a nonprofit performing arts institution, our nationwide performances and community programs have made our 38-year history far-reaching and full. It all began in 1974, when American entertainers Binder and Christensen became juggling partners and took to the street corners of Europe. Their comedic juggling act was a hit, and they soon found themselves on the stage of the prestigious Nouveau Cirque de Paris. They returned home to America in 1976 with a vision: to entertain and improve the lives of millions of American children and families. One year later, they found a site for the first tent-raising in Battery Park, New York, and went on to create the award-winning, nonprofit Big Apple Circus. For more information, visit www.bigapplecircus.org.

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Big Apple Circus
Welcomes Guest Ringmaster
WNBC “Weekend Today in NY” Theater Expert
Steve Schonberg
December 18, 2015 at 6:30pm at Lincoln Center

New York, NY- Big Apple Circus welcomes Guest Ringmaster Steve Schonberg to the Big Top at Lincoln Center on December 18, 2015 at 6:30pm for the company's 38th season with the World Premiere of its all-new show, The Grand Tour.

Steve Schonberg is the editor-in-chief of Center on the Aisle (centerontheaisle.com), a top theater web destination that brings fans closer to the shows and stars they love through reviews and in-depth feature interviews. An award-winning media personality, journalist, and lifelong theater fan, he can be seen regularly on Sundays on WNBC “Weekend Today in New York,” sharing news, tips, and helpful insider perspective about the city’s abundant theater scene.

“The Big Apple Circus is an authentic New York institution and one of our time-honored theatrical traditions,” Schonberg said. “I’ve loved the Big Apple Circus for more than 30 years, first as a kid growing up here in New York, and now as a theater expert. There’s a shortlist of ongoing or returning productions you can point to and say with confidence that it’s going to be an incredible show. This is one of my favorites.”

Steve Schonberg created Center on the Aisle with the mission of helping theater fans connect with shows they’ll love and gain deeper insights on the stars they admire. As a child, Schonberg longed to know about the stars he saw on stage, and as he grew up, he realized that part of the magic – from the circus to Broadway – was how performers transform nightly and share their superhuman talents to entertain an audience. With this in mind, he presents in-depth, insightful, and personal interviews, revealing what drives these artists, and in doing so exposes universal and relatable themes that encourage loyalty to the theater art form. He does this alongside his staff of 15 writers, who present clear, objective, and easily-digestible show reviews to help anyone at any level of theater appreciation make an informed and confident ticket buying decision – with the goal of ensuring they’ll return for another production.

Schonberg’s interviews have also been featured on TODAY.com, The Huffington Post, and elsewhere, with celebrities such as Gloria Estefan, Barry Manilow, Jordin Sparks, Brian Dennehy, Laura Benanti, Eric Idle, Darren Criss and Jonathan Groff, among more than 100 other stars.

The Grand Tour transports audiences to the Roaring 1920s, the advent of the modern travel era, when the most adventuresome began touring the world in ships, planes, trains, and automobiles. With every seat less than 50 feet from the stage, audiences will be awed by the world-class entertainers as they perform breathtaking acts from the four corners of the globe. Clowns, jugglers, acrobats, and aerialists from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America appear with ponies, puppies and more; the troupe sets off on a whirlwind adventure, accompanied by the live, seven-piece Big Apple Circus Band at each of more than 100 performances.

"The Grand Tour is a first-class jaunt." - The New York Times

"A class act ... Sophisticated and beautiful." - The Village Voice

"Polished and fun." - Daily News

"The Finest Up-Close Circus in America." - Variety

"America's Best Circus for Children." - Parents Magazine

Four-time Big Apple Circus ringmaster John Kennedy Kane returns to introduce a variety of stunning performers: clowns Joel Jeske and Brent McBeth; third-generation circus animal trainer Jenny Vidbel with her pony and dog acts; aerialist Sergey Akimov; international juggling sensation Alexander Koblikov; ninth-generation circus performer Chiara Anastasini with hula hoops; the Dominguez Brothers defying the law of gravity with their thrill-filled act featuring the Wheel of Wonder; Chinese hand balancers The Energy Trio; the African acrobatic troupe Zuma Zuma; and the Dosov Troupe soaring on the teeterboard.

The Grand Tour, conceived and created by Joel Jeske, is directed by Mark Lonergan (artistic director of Parallel Exit, the three-time Drama Desk Award-nominated physical theater company) with associate director and choreographer Antoinette DiPietropolo. Musical direction by Rob Slowik, with clown material created and directed by Joel Jeske. Set and lighting design by Maruti Evans, costume design by Oana Botez, and props design by Katie Fleming.

As a nonprofit performing arts institution, the Big Apple Circus is committed not only to thrilling audiences in the ring, but also to bringing the joy and wonder of circus into the community. Big Apple Circus creates direct, shared connections inside its one-ring Big Top AND in hospitals, nursing homes, and schools, in its New York City home and in cities across America.

"These performers, many from circus dynasties, preserve an important tradition, reinforced by the nonprofit Big Apple Circus's commendable community-service activities, notably the Clown Care program, which entertains hospitalized children. This company ... doesn't only have awe-inspiring acrobatic skills; it has a lot of heart, too."
- The New York Times, 2014 Critics' Pick

Big Apple Circus Clown Care® brings the joy of classical circus to hospitalized children at 15 leading pediatric facilities across the United States. Performers collaborate with doctors and staff to design a program to fit the needs of each hospital. Members of the Clown Care team bring the healing power of humor to children with acute and chronic illnesses, visiting nearly 225,000 young patients every year.

Big Apple Circus offers a specially adapted performance of the show, Circus of the Senses, for children and adults with vision or hearing impairments and/or other disabilities. American Sign Language interpreters are positioned in spotlights throughout the tent, and wireless audio headsets transmit a live audio play-by-play description of the action in the ring. Braille or large-print descriptive programs are available for audience members. A "touch session" after the show offers a unique opportunity for pre-selected groups of visually impaired children to go into the ring to meet the artists and literally feel a clown nose, a juggler's clubs, or the silky coat of a performing dog. Big Apple Circus Embraces Autism provides performances with modified lighting and sound as well as a staffed calming center, to meet the needs of children on the autism spectrum. Inclusion is a core value at the Big Apple Circus, which is dedicated to delivering the finest circus entertainment to everyone, regardless of physical or cognitive ability, or economic circumstance.

Circus for All!®distributes free and subsidized tickets to schools and nonprofit organizations serving low-income children and families, enabling many of them to experience the excitement and wonder of the circus for the very first time.

Circus After School®teaches kids life skills such as teamwork, responsible risk-taking, and perseverance, through a structured program of learning and performing circus arts.

About Big Apple Circus
(Will Maitland Weiss, Executive Director; Guillaume Dufresnoy, Artistic Director)
Conceived and founded by Paul Binder and Michael Christensen to be a leading presenter of live family entertainment and a nonprofit performing arts institution, our nation-wide performances and community programs have made our 38-year history far-reaching and full. It all began in 1974, when American entertainers Binder and Christensen became juggling partners and took to the street corners of Europe. Their comedic juggling act was a hit, and they soon found themselves on the stage of the prestigious Nouveau Cirque de Paris. They returned home to America in 1976 with a vision: to entertain and improve the lives of millions of American children and families. One year later, they found a site for the first tent-raising in Battery Park, New York, and went on to create the award-winning, nonprofit Big Apple Circus. For more information, visit www.bigapplecircus.org.

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Big Apple Circus
Welcomes Guest Ringmaster
WNYC’s Dan Pashman
December 13, 2015 at 12:30pm at Lincoln Center

New York, NY– Big Apple Circus welcomes Guest Ringmaster Dan Pashman to the Big Top at Lincoln Center on December 13, 2015 at 12:30pm for the company’s 38th season with the World Premiere of its all-new show, The Grand Tour.

Dan Pashman is the creator and host of WNYC's James Beard Award-nominated food podcast, “The Sporkful,” which explores the huge, fun world of food and eating that lies beyond the realm of chefs, restaurants and recipes. It’s not for foodies, it's for eaters.

“I went to the Big Apple Circus as a kid, and I still get giddy now when I bring my kids. I love the clowns, the acrobats, the music, and of course, the food,” said Dan Pashman. “Molecular gastronomy has yet to come up with anything as amazing as cotton candy.”

Dan Pashman started “The Sporkful” as a hobby, but since it launched in 2010, it's grown into the #1 food podcast on iTunes. Typical Sporkful topics include sandwich engineering, the horror of office fridge food theft, the science of chocolate, etiquette and ethics in nacho consumption, and the ideal surface-area-to-volume ratio of ice cubes. You know, the important things. Dan is also the host of Cooking Channel's James Beard Award-nominated web series “You're Eating It Wrong,” and a contributor to NPR, Slate, BuzzFeed, and LA's KCRW. His first book, Eat More Better: How to Make Every Bite More Delicious, was published in 2014 by Simon & Schuster. Before starting “The Sporkful,” Dan worked as a radio and print journalist and producer covering news, politics, music, and culture for NPR, Vanity Fair, Slate, and The Washington Post. He's reported from the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries and the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay. Dan is originally from Upper Saddle River, NJ. He is a graduate of Tufts University and currently lives outside New York City with his wife and two daughters.

The Grand Tour transports audiences to the Roaring 1920s, the advent of the modern travel era, when the most adventuresome began touring the world in ships, planes, trains, and automobiles. With every seat less than 50 feet from the stage, audiences will be awed by the world-class entertainers as they perform breathtaking acts from the four corners of the globe. Clowns, jugglers, acrobats, and aerialists from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America appear with ponies, puppies and more; the troupe sets off on a whirlwind adventure, accompanied by the live, seven-piece Big Apple Circus Band at each of more than 100 performances.

“The Grand Tour is a first-class jaunt.” – The New York Times

“A class act … Sophisticated and beautiful.” – The Village Voice

“Polished and fun.” – Daily News

“The Finest Up-Close Circus in America.” – Variety

“America’s Best Circus for Children.” – Parents Magazine

Four-time Big Apple Circus ringmaster John Kennedy Kane returns to introduce a variety of stunning performers: clowns Joel Jeske and Brent McBeth; third-generation circus animal trainer Jenny Vidbel with her pony and dog acts; aerialist Sergey Akimov; international juggling sensation Alexander Koblikov; ninth-generation circus performer Chiara Anastasini with hula hoops; the Dominguez Brothers defying the law of gravity with their thrill-filled act featuring the Wheel of Wonder; Chinese hand balancers The Energy Trio; the African acrobatic troupe Zuma Zuma; and the Dosov Troupe soaring on the teeterboard.

The Grand Tour, conceived and created by Joel Jeske, is directed by Mark Lonergan (artistic director of Parallel Exit, the three-time Drama Desk Award-nominated physical theater company) with associate director and choreographer Antoinette DiPietropolo. Musical direction by Rob Slowik with clown material created and directed by Joel Jeske. Set and lighting design by Maruti Evans, costume design by Oana Botez, and props design by Katie Fleming.

As a nonprofit performing arts institution, the Big Apple Circus is committed not only to thrilling audiences in the ring, but also to bringing the joy and wonder of circus into the community. Big Apple Circus creates direct, shared connections inside its one-ring Big Top AND in hospitals, nursing homes, and schools, in its New York City home and in cities across America.

“These performers, many from circus dynasties, preserve an important tradition, reinforced by the nonprofit Big Apple Circus’s commendable community-service activities, notably the
Clown Care program, which entertains hospitalized children. This company … doesn’t only have awe-inspiring acrobatic skills; it has a lot of heart, too.”
– The New York Times, 2014 Critics’ Pick

Big Apple Circus Clown Care® brings the joy of classical circus to hospitalized children at 15 leading pediatric facilities across the United States. Performers collaborate with doctors and staff to design a program to fit the needs of each hospital. Members of the Clown Care team bring the healing power of humor to children with acute and chronic illnesses, visiting nearly 225,000 young patients every year.

Big Apple Circus offers a specially adapted performance of the show, Circus of the Senses, for children and adults with vision or hearing impairments and/or other disabilities. American Sign Language interpreters are positioned in spotlights throughout the tent, and wireless audio headsets transmit a live audio play-by-play description of the action in the ring. Braille or large-print descriptive programs are available for audience members. A “touch session” after the show offers a unique opportunity for pre-selected groups of visually impaired children to go into the ring to meet the artists and literally feel a clown nose, a juggler's clubs, or the silky coat of a performing dog. Big Apple Circus Embraces Autism provides performances with modified lighting and sound as well as a staffed calming center, to meet the needs of children on the autism spectrum. Inclusion is a core value at Big Apple Circus, which is dedicated to delivering the finest circus entertainment to everyone, regardless of physical or cognitive ability, or economic circumstance.

Circus for All!® distributes free and subsidized tickets to schools and nonprofit organizations serving low-income children and families, enabling many of them to experience the excitement and wonder of the circus for the very first time.

Circus After School® teaches kids life skills such as teamwork, responsible risk-taking, and perseverance, through a structured program of learning and performing circus arts.

About Big Apple Circus
(Will Maitland Weiss, Executive Director; Guillaume Dufresnoy, Artistic Director)
Conceived and founded by Paul Binder and Michael Christensen to be a leading presenter of live family entertainment and a nonprofit performing arts institution, our nation-wide performances and community programs have made our 38-year history far-reaching and full. It all began in 1974, when American entertainers Binder and Christensen became juggling partners and took to the street corners of Europe. Their comedic juggling act was a hit, and they soon found themselves on the stage of the prestigious Nouveau Cirque de Paris. They returned home to America in 1976 with a vision: to entertain and improve the lives of millions of American children and families. One year later, they found a site for the first tent-raising in Battery Park, New York, and went on to create the award-winning, nonprofit Big Apple Circus. For more information, visit www.bigapplecircus.org.


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New York, NY – November 6, 2015 –Big Apple Circus will host its annual Holiday Season Family Benefit, a special event that raises funds for the nonprofit performing arts institution’s community programs, on Saturday, November 21, 2015 under the Big Top in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center (62nd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues), featuring comedian Jim Gaffigan as Guest Ringmaster.

The event begins with a pre-show reception at 3:30pm, where attendees will learn circus skills, clown around with strolling performers, and enjoy refreshments, followed by a performance of The Grand Tour at 4:30pm. A post-show party concludes the day, with music and dessert in the ring with the artists. Tickets start at $50. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Eva Koshel, ekoshel@bigapplecircus.org or (646) 616-6845.

Proceeds from the Family Benefit support Big Apple Circus artistry in the ring and the nonprofit’s exceptional community programs in hospitals, nursing homes, and schools, in NYC and across America. This year, The Grand Tour will reach more then 300,000 under the Big Top, and community programs will serve more than 250,000 pediatric patients, nursing home residents, and physically, cognitively, or economically challenged children, families, and seniors.

LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE: Kim Ladota Bozzella, Mary Jane and Charles Brock, Gabrielle and Eric Brown and Family, Prather and Jake Claghorn, Stephanie and Fred Clark, Samantha Rudin Earls and David Earls, Molly and Frank Green, The Goldenheim Family, Ron and Peggy Gross, Robin Henry and Jonathan Goodman, Patricia Keim and Peter Weingard, Virginia and Richard Keim, Alice and Jeffrey Keimweiss, Kimberly Kleinbaum, Gerald and Wendy Kleinbaum, The Clifford/Levy Family, Rick and Dee Mayberry, Susan May-McLean and Family, Jacqueline and Alan Mitchell, Gabriel Nussbaum and Elizabeth Wood, Brooke and John Paduano, Nancy and Dan Paduano, Philip and Wendy Renshaw-Lewis, Pia and Jimmy Zankel.

SPONSORS: Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP; Mary Jane Brock Family Foundation; The Goldenheim Family; May & Samuel Rudin Family Foundation; Pia & Jimmy Zankel; BNY Mellon Wealth Management; Falcon Management Corporation/James Leitner; Ron & Peggy Gross; Virginia & Richard Keim; Rick & Dee Mayberry; Nancy and Dan Paduano; John Tonelli & Victor Lalli.

Jim Gaffigan is a Grammy nominated comedian, New York Times best-selling author, top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling father of five. Recently, he wrapped the first season of his semi-fictitious television show, The Jim Gaffigan Show, which TV Land just picked up for a second season. The series, lauded by The Los Angeles Times as “fun and
funny,” and People Magazine as “one of summer TV’s bright spots,” was developed by Gaffigan and his wife, Jeannie, who both also serve as executive producers. The single-camera comedy co-stars Ashley Williams, Michael Ian Black, and Adam Goldberg and revolves around one man’s struggle to balance fatherhood, stand-up comedy, and an insatiable appetite.
With multiple projects in motion, Gaffigan is currently traveling the country on behalf of his stand-up tour, Contagious, and will headline Madison Square Garden for the first time on December 12th. On September 26th of this year, Gaffigan had the honor of performing in front of Pope Francis and over one million festival attendees at the Festival of Families.
Gaffigan’s fourth special (Beyond the Pale -2006, King Baby -2009, Mr. Universe -2012), Obsessed, premiered on Comedy Central in 2014, and the DVD/CD was released soon after by Comedy Central Records. Obsessed premiered at #1 on iTunes, which marked the fifth time Gaffigan reached the Top 25 Comedy category on iTunes. The album also earned a nomination for ‘Best Comedy Album of the Year’ at the 2015 Grammy Awards. In 2013, Jim’s first book, Dad Is Fat, was released by Crown Publishing and debuted at #5 on The New York Times Best Sellers List and remained on the list for 17 weeks. His second book, Food: A Love Story, was released in the fall of 2014 and debuted at #3 on The New York Times Best Sellers List. In addition to his TV show, widely popular stand-up comedy, and best-selling books, Jim has also made guest appearances on many TV comedies and dramas, ranging from Portlandia to HBO's cult hits Flight of the Conchords and Bored to Death, to dramatic roles in all three versions of Law & Order. He will also co-star in Magnolia Picture’s The Experimenter, which debuted at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and opened in limited release on October 16, 2015. Gaffigan was born in Elgin, Illinois, and is the youngest of sixth children. He currently lives in Manhattan with his wife, Jeannie, and their five children.

Big Apple Circus returns to the Big Top at Lincoln Center for the company’s 38th season with the World Premiere of its all-new show. The Grand Tour transports audiences to the Roaring 1920s, the advent of the modern travel era, when the most adventuresome began to tour the world in ships, planes, trains, and automobiles. With every seat less than 50 feet from the stage, audiences will be awed by the world-class entertainers as they perform breathtaking acts from the four corners of the globe. Clowns, jugglers, acrobats, and aerialists from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America appear with ponies, puppies and more; the troupe sets off on its own whirlwind adventure, accompanied by the live, seven-piece Big Apple Circus Band at each of more than 100 performances.

Four-time Big Apple Circus ringmaster John Kennedy Kane returns to introduce a variety of stunning performers: clowns Joel Jeske and Brent McBeth; third-generation circus animal trainer Jenny Vidbel with her pony and dog acts; aerialist Sergey Akimov; international juggling sensation Alexander Koblikov; ninth-generation circus performer Chiara Anastasini with hula hoops; the Dominguez Brothers defying the law of gravity with their thrill-filled act featuring the Wheel of Wonder; Chinese hand balancers The Energy Trio; the African acrobatic troupe Zuma Zuma; and the Dosov Troupe soaring on the teeterboard.

The Grand Tour, conceived and created by Joel Jeske, is directed by Mark Lonergan (artistic director of Parallel Exit, the three-time Drama Desk Award-nominated physical theater company) with associate director and choreographer Antoinette DiPietropolo. Musical direction by Rob Slowik with clown material created and directed by Joel Jeske. Set and lighting design by Maruti Evans, costume design by Oana Botez, and props design by Katie Fleming.

About Big Apple Circus
(Will Maitland Weiss, Executive Director; Guillaume Dufresnoy, Artistic Director) Conceived and founded by Paul Binder and Michael Christensen to be a leading presenter of live family entertainment and a nonprofit performing arts institution, our nation-wide performances and community programs have made our 38-year history far-reaching and full. It all began in 1974, when American entertainers Binder and Christensen became juggling partners and took to the street corners of Europe. Their comedic juggling act was a hit, and they soon found themselves on the stage of the prestigious Nouveau Cirque de Paris. They returned home to America in 1976 with a vision: to entertain and improve the lives of millions of American children and families. One year later, they found a site for the first tent-raising in Battery Park, New York, and went on to create the award-winning, nonprofit Big Apple Circus. For more information, visit www.bigapplecircus.org.


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